Days of Change

Christina Grimmie | June 11, 2016

Singer Christina Grimmie was shot to death last night outside of a concert she gave in Florida. While the news has called her a contestant on “The Voice,” she was more than one of the hundreds of people who performed or the dozens who made it to the finals. Grimmie returned to the voice, even acting as a fashion correspondent for one of the many integrated sponsors, Kohl’s.

I find myself in the unusual position of thinking about her murder as a gun crime. I didn’t want to get political about it, but that happened about 5 seconds after the initial news came out. So, I’ll ignore two theoretical points about guns, that ownership is a matter of liberty and that most gun laws are ineffective against crazy people, and look at what the anti-gun movement really wants, a total gun ban.

Unlike countries that pre-dated firearms, the founders of the United States found guns to be a fundamental tool in the preservation of liberty. I point that out not as a rights argument, but to point out there are a lot of guns and a lot of Americans who are not going to forfeit them. Gun ownership and purchases have gone up since Barack Obama became president, in some cases so that people could hoard them while it is still possible. There are literally as many guns in America as there are Americans.

Therefore, banning guns would mean more resistance than any other place that’s had a gun ban. The next step would be penalties. So far, the government has not decided to use the death penalty for gun use in a crime except for extreme circumstances. I doubt a death penalty for ownership wouldn’t go over well. Instead, there would be rampant gun hiding, especially in the case of rifles that never had to be registered in the first place.

Of all gun deaths, a small percentage are homicides of people outside of dangerous neighborhoods or dangerous personal situations. It’s a tragedy when an innocent person is shot because it’s not nearly as common as statistics suggest. Ultimately, the amount of gun violence by legal owners is dwarfed by those who possess illegal guns. A gun ban will simply make every gun owner a criminal. More importantly, only criminals will risk using a gun.

 

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7 Comments

  1. Compare the gun ownership rate similarities of the US and Norway. Now compare the gun ownership vs. death by gun rate oddities between the US and three of the deadliest Central/South American countries. Why do so few gun owning Norwegians shoot people and how do so many supposedly gun free dictatorship citizens shoot people.

    The question isn’t about guns, though that’s what some would like you to think. The question is about our national culture. It’s deeply flawed.

    Comment by 49erDweet — June 11, 2016 @ 11:43 pm

    • But banning handgun ownership is easier.

      Comment by 49erDweet — June 11, 2016 @ 11:44 pm

    • It’s not just about the whole country’s culture, but who is killing who. The NY Times wrote a story about shootings in Chicago on Memorial Day weekend. The police have a database of people who are likely to be involved in gun violence and probably 80% of shootings involve those people. Bad people have guns and if more good people could have them it might be more effective than making a ever widening “gun free” zone than only makes guns freely available for criminals.

      Comment by 1539days — June 12, 2016 @ 2:03 am

      • But it’s politically incorrect to talk about those 80 percents so………. culture.

        Comment by 49erDweet — June 12, 2016 @ 10:02 am

  2. Wasn’t that sad? This murder just broke my heart. What a tragedy.

    Comment by insanitybytes22 — June 11, 2016 @ 11:56 pm

    • Absolutely. Deeply tragic.

      Comment by 49erDweet — June 12, 2016 @ 12:07 am

    • I was stunned when I heard about it. Christina’s brother tackled the shooter and possibly stopped him from killing anyone else.

      Comment by 1539days — June 12, 2016 @ 2:04 am


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